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Saturday, November 13, 2010

A quick snack: Irish Style Tamis with Lassi

I will start with a snack for my first entry: Irish style tamis with lassi. Such a combination might surprise you, but when it tastes so good, then you know it's called fusion :)

Tamis is an Afghan type of bread that people eat in the Middle East. It is usually eaten fresh when its smell is intoxicating and addictive. One could eat it at breakfast, with honey, laban (yoghourt) or labneh (yoghourt cheese), or at dinner, with baba ganoush, hummus, or other dips. It is cheap (1 SAR/ a piece in Saudi Arabia), delicious, and very easy to make. This variety of bread reminds me of the time of the evening after the last prayer when the streets would suddenly become jam packed and a melting pot of people- Saudis, Afghani, Pakistanis, Indians, Europeans - would go out shopping for a bite to eat or queue for their favourite bread to come out hot out of the open oven.

For the following recipe, you will need to spend 15 to 20 minutes, if it's the first time, and less than 10, if you have more experience.

For the tamis you will need

* 2 glasses of wholemeal flour 

* 1 glass of self raising flour

* 1 glass of wholemeal wheat cereals that you will previously grind

* 1.5 glass of  buttermilk/yoghurt

* 2 sachets of baking powder

* a pinch of salt

* a pinch of cumin (or more)

For the savory lassi mix together buttermilk/yoghourt, cumin, mint, and lime juice.

Mix the three types of flour together with the baking powder and the salt.

Add the cumin and the buttermilk.  

Use a mixer to incorporate all the ingredients together until the mixture becomes a smooth dough. 

If it is too soft or sticky, add more flour. 

Take a small amount in your hands and use a roller to flatten the dough and make it as thin as it can go, then put it in the oven at 200 degrees Celsius. 

While your tamis is in the oven, you can make the lassi. 

When it's done, your flat bread will change its colour from offwhite to light brown. Serve it immediately when it's still hot.

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